Editor’s Picks: 9 Latest Beauty Launches We’ve Tried, Tested, And Love — Makeup Edition

Since you’ll probably be skipping over this paragraph, we really ought to go straight to the latest beauty launches we’ve tried, tested, and fell in love with. Ahead, the foundations, blushes and highlighters that give the look of good skin; one amazing brow pencil; and the precise reasons why we’re now walking around with pretty, glossed-up lips.

FENTY BEAUTY Demi’Glow Light-Diffusing Highlighter in Prosecco

“I’m not a fan of shine on the face, especially in Singapore’s humid weather, so I’ve always steered clear of highlighters; but this new one from Fenty Beauty doesn’t make the skin look shiny, but instead, it gives the complexion a subtle glow. Bonus points for the lovely texture that is smooth and soft, and blends easily on the skin. I thought that the pan was rather large but after realising I can use this almost everywhere I have a bone (cheekbone, brow bone, nose bridge, collarbone…), I can see myself working through this product over the months.” — Adele Chan, Editor-in-Chief

$61, available at SEPHORA

BENEFIT COSMETICS Precisely, My Brow Detailer

“Did someone say new brow go-to? It’s rare to switch up one’s good old brow routine, but see, I’ve now tried Benefit Cosmetics’ latest eyebrow pencil, and I don’t think I’ll ever go back. The Precisely, My Brow Detailer is precise alright, and has a super-fine 0.8mm tip, the thinnest of its kind in the market; I enjoy the clean, crisp lines it gives, ones that look like real brow hairs, particularly near the front and the few sparse areas of my brows. It also goes on as creamy as advertised, and if you do make a mistake, the built-in blending spoolie on the other end takes care of it in no time.” — Amelia Tan, Deputy Editor

$43, available at SEPHORA

SISLEY Phyto-Teint Perfection Liquid Foundation

“Sisley makes very good quality makeup (but at a price) and their latest liquid foundation doesn’t disappoint. Just a dab of this covers the whole face beautifully; the finish is both smooth and matte, and blends in like a second skin. It also feels weightless and comfortable. I suggest going to the Sisley beauty counter to get the right shade and trying the texture for yourself; you’ll likely buy it.” — Adele Chan, Editor-in-Chief

$130, available at sisley counters and ONLINE

NARS Blush in Orgasm Edge

“NARS has a reputation for provocative-sounding blush shades (Orgasm, Deep Throat, Foreplay, tell us when you want to stop…), though they always deliver. Enter the new iconic NARS Blush, which boasts an upgraded formula, now with 16 hours of wear for even more satisfaction — and yes, you’re looking at Orgasm Edge, a matte version of the beloved shimmery peachy pink shade. I’ve already used it every day since I got my hands on it, not only because it’s a flattering colour, but also because I love how there’s proper pigmented payoff while the formula goes on silky and lightweight, proving you don’t have to work too hard for that glorious flush.” — Amelia Tan, Deputy Editor

$57, available at NARS stores and counters, and ONLINE

MAC COSMETICS Studio Fix Longwear Cushion Foundation SPF 50/PA+++

“If you’re looking for a high coverage cushion foundation, this new and improved version from MAC is good. It has a new formula that includes Double-Fix Technology for ultra-thin, 24HR coverage, SPF 50/PA+++, and it’s made up of 76% skincare ingredients like Seaweed Extracts to control oil and shine. It feels good on the skin too; comfortable and natural, plus we love the large mirror and spongey plush puff.” — Adele Chan, Editor-in-Chief

$76, available at MAC stores and counters, and ONLINE

GIVENCHY L’Interdit Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara

“Mascaras are a very personal preference; it’s whether the formula and brush work for your lashes — or not. Givenchy’s new volumising and lengthening mascara has got a great waterproof formula that’s infused with lash-caring ingredients, including a ceramide-like active that nourishes and smooths the lash’s surface, and D-panthenol, which strengthens eyelashes over time. This mascara seems to work well in Singapore’s weather; it holds up against our humidity without smudging throughout the day, and it does provide nice volume to lashes.” — Adele Chan, Editor-in-Chief

$59, available at givenchy beauty stores and SEPHORA.

AMUSE Lip Fuller in Big Diamond 

“Like most of the world, I’ve been obsessed with plump, juicy lips. And though I’m somewhat blessed in the fuller lips department, that doesn’t mean I’ll stop searching for the next shiny thing — something like AMUSE’s Lip Fuller. In a dazzling shade that’s really a clear base with specks of diamond-like pink and gold glitter, I like to use this as a lip topper over another lip tint (because I do appreciate more colour on my face). Why the extra step though, and is it worth the fuss? Duh. AMUSE gets it right with a plumping formula that feels cooling on the lips while creating a voluminous effect; more importantly, it literally glosses over lip lines for an amazing glass texture that’ll definitely have you collecting ’em compliments. Trust me on this.” — Amelia Tan, Deputy Editor

$27, available at sephora

PIXI On-The-Glow Blush in CheekTone

“For all you dewy complexion girlies, PIXI’s latest version of their popular On-The-Glow Blush is worth a try. This is a cheek tint / moisturiser stick that already promises fresh hydration, now in a unique pH-responsive shade that gives you a tailored, natural pink flush — and I’m here for it. It’s convenient to use — I simply swipe the stick across my cheekbones and blend with my fingertips — while I’m very pleased with the soft, cool pink and the luminous effect it gives my skin, especially when it catches the light right. This is the kind of low-key blush that makes it look like I skincare religiously.” — Amelia Tan, Deputy Editor

$31, available at SEPHORA

YSL LOVESHINE Wet Shine Lipstick in Spicy Affair

“Consider this love at first shine. I know, I know, the LOVESHINE series just launched, but frankly, I’m already taken by the Wet Shine Lipstick, especially in this sultry shade called Spicy Affair. It might look intimidating in the tube, but I assure you, it goes on with a sheer-but-not-too-sheer wash of colour, a glossy red wine actually, complete with the juicy shine as touted. The nourishing oils go a long way in making my lips feel comfortable and stay shiny for longer, plus it shows up brilliantly for all your flash photography digicam moments.” — Amelia Tan, Deputy Editor

$63, available at YSL Beauty stores and counters, and ONLINE